Cleveland pulls within one-half game of Twins

CLEVELAND (AP) – Mike Clevinger pitched effectively in his first game since breaking team rules and COVID-19 protocols and Tyler Naquin doubled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 6-3.

Clevinger gave up a homer to Max Kepler on his third pitch, but held the Twins to just two runs in his first start since Aug. 5. He had been demoted along with teammate Zach Plesac after they left the team’s Chicago hotel and socialized. José Ramírez hit a three-run homer for Cleveland.

By taking two of three games in the series, the Indians moved within one-half game of the first-place Twins in the AL Central.

Twins begin a new series at Detroit tonight.  6:10 p.m. first pitch.  950 KWAT will join the game in progress following the conclusion of Arrow Volleyball.